Monday, October 20, 2014

Make It Monday: Embellished Dollar Store Box Purse

 A few months ago Brianna and I got together and made a few fashion DIY's...as we were shopping for supplies for different projects, we came across these small wooden boxes and decided they would make perfect embellished bags.
We had so many different ideas on how to embellish them...but of course we only bought one box each (I bought one for Vyla to decorate as well).
For my box I covered it in fabric, added some dollar store (scrapbooking) rhinestone stickers, trimmed it with sequins, and used a rope for the shoulder strap.
Some other ideas we had included; deco-paging on comic book pages or covering it with fake flowers....maybe next time!

Materials and Supplies
-Wood Box with Clasp
-Fabric
-Scissors
-Mod Podge
Weatherproof Finishing Spray
-Foam Brush
-exacto Knife
-Assorted Embellishments
-Strong Glue (if embellishments require glue)
-Rope for Shoulder Strap (or Chain)
-Drill

Monday, October 6, 2014

Make It Monday: DIY Bug Shoe Clips

A few weeks ago I was going through some of my craft supplies and I came across these bugs that I had intended on using in a necklace...that obviously never happened!  I quickly realized that they would be perfect for some fun(ky) shoe clips...and it just so happened that I had all my shoe clip supplies still out from making my butterfly shoe clips.
I know that Halloween is just around the corner...which means it's the perfect time to get a little buggy...but there's really no need to reserve these just for Halloween.  I certainly won't be!
 Materials and Supplies
-Nail Polish
-Plastic Bugs
-Strong Glue (I like Superglue or E6000®)
-Shoe Clips


Instructions

1.  Use nail polish to paint the bugs.  I like using rich sophisticated metallic colours...because of course I gotta keep my bugs classy (haha!)
2.  Glue your shoe clips onto the back of the bug.
Let them dry, and you're all done!
Clip them on the toes...
...or on the backs of your shoes!
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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sewing Sunday: Little Fixes Book Review

Anyone who has kids already knows that kids can go through an insane amount of clothing in a small period of time.  Whether it be caused by a growth spurt, worn knees from crawling around on the floor, or messy eating induced stains, my kidlets are always needing new clothes!
This is where the new DIY book Little Fixes by Disney Powless (of the blog Ruffles and Stuff) is going to come in handy!  This book features 54 projects meant to extend the life of your child's clothes.
Both my children are tall and slim, so by the time their pants fit in the waist they are much too short in the legs.  Little Fixes has a solution for that!
I was not at all expecting to love this book so much.  I'm a pretty creative person, so I thought I "knew it all" already...but there are so many ideas in this book that I would of never thought to try.
As soon as we get home I plan to lengthen a few pairs of Blake's pants, and I'm also going to turn a few of Vyla's too short shirts into dresses...all ideas thanks to this book!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Fashion Friday: Crazy Beads

 
What:
Blouse- Winners
Jeans- Joe's
Shoes- Tory Burch (I can't find them anywhere online!)

I found these Tory Burch sandals on clearance at Nordstrom Rack for under $100, so of course I jumped all over that!  
Shoes are my weakness, but I've come to a point in life where I can't just buy every pair of shoes that I love...but I have a hard time saying no to a great pair of statement heels!
Don't be surprised if you find me DIYing a similar pair in the near future!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wellness Wednesday: Free Online Workouts

This week I thought I would share some of the free online workouts I've done in the past month.
For the most part I stick to the workouts I've made up for myself (or go for a run) but every now and then it's nice to have someone else do the "thinking" for me, and it's also a great way to learn and try new moves!

One Day I did this 25 minute Jillian Michaels kettlebell workout along with this 10 minute arm workout.

Another day I did this 40 minute full body workout.

And on Sunday I did a few different workouts from this compilation.  I tried a few of the barrĂ© videos, because that is one fitness "trend" I had yet to try!

I'm still away on holidays (am I ever going to get home?!?) so it's nice to be able to find some equipment free workouts (only the last link mentioned was equipment free) online that I can watch from my laptop!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Jeans That Fit!

Who doesn’t love a great pair of jeans?
I probably wear jeans close to 5 days a week, so it’s great to have a variety of styles and washes in my wardrobe.  In the last few months I went on a mission to find a new favorite jean.  I kept running into the same problem; after a few wears my jeans were sagging in the backside.   
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NYDJ jeans are also designed to eliminate the dreaded gap at the back of the waist, which is exactly what I need.
Last week as I was shopping I finally came to the conclusion that instead of buying countless pairs of cheaper jeans that only fit for a day, I need to invest in a few good pairs of jeans that will continue to fit after each wear.  I’ve spent way more money on jeans that don’t fit than I ever will on good quality jeans that will stand the test of time.
I typically gravitate towards a skinny jean, but I also have a soft spot for a more flared silhouette.  I’m currently loving the Alina Legging in Redmond.  They’re the perfect jean for dressing up or dressing down – I love versatility!  NYDJ jeans come in a variety of styles, lengths and washes.  They also have a great range of sizes going from 00-24w. 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Make It Monday: DIY Cereal Box Clutch


Clutch DIY, Cereal Box Fashion
I've had this Darby Smart Magazine Clutch project sitting unmade for way too long!  The problem was that every magazine cover I've wanted to use never fit onto the clutch how I was wanting...so for months new magazines would come and go, and I'd be waiting for the perfect cover.
About a month ago I was about to throw out the kids' empty Froot Loops box when I had a light bulb moment.  It could have been because the Chanel Grocery Store fashion show was still fresh on my mind...it doesn't really matter why it finally came to me, I'm just thrilled it finally did!
For this project you can either purchase the magazine clutch set from Darby Smart which will come with everything you need (minus the cereal box) to make this clutch or buy everything separately (blank clutch, glue/mod podge and a foam brush).  
 Instructions
1.  Measure your cereal box so that it will fit perfectly around your clutch.  I cut mine to size using an exact-o knife and a ruler.
2.  Use your foam brush to spread a thickish layer of mod podge onto one side of your clutch, press your cereal box onto the the glue.  I then used some clothes pins to hold it down into place.  Continue  spreading glue onto the bottom and opposite side of the clutch, and then press the rest of the box down onto the glue making sure to line all the edges of the box up perfectly with the edges of the clutch.  I continued to put clothes pins all around the clutch.  This is because the card board doesn't want to bend around and stay in place as well as a piece of paper would.
 For extra hold/protection you can spread a thin layer of super glue all around the edges of the box.
I left my bag to dry over night, and then I finished it off by spraying over the cereal box with a water proof craft sealant.
All Done!!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sewing Sunday: Flower Girl Dress

This was one of my sewing projects at the beginning of September.  As I mentioned a few days ago, my hubby's cousin got married and both my kids were in the wedding.  I was asked to make Vyla's flower girl dress with black lace and white fabric.  I designed and drafted the pattern myself because there's no way I'd find a nice pattern that would fit my tall little princess!
I sewed bias tape onto the neck and arm holes as if it was a facing to keep the lace in place...it finished off the edges perfectly!  I also added clear shoulder straps onto the white fabric to help hold the dress up...this little girl doesn't have any curves to hold the top up!
I was quite pleased with how her dress turned out!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Fashion Friday: Wedding Attire

What:
Blouse- Winners
Skirt- Self Made (in my shop in a few colours!)

My husbands cousin got married last weekend, so I figured since my whole family was in the wedding (best man, flower girl and ring bearer) I better wear something that wouldn't clash with the rest of them in hopes of getting a few family pictures taken while we were all dressed up.
I would say this family picture sums us up pretty well!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wellness Wednesday: Popsicle Stick Workout

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 I suppose health is one of the last things that comes to mind when you think of popsicle sticks, but that's about the change!
I'm sure we've all seen this post on Pinterest...such a great idea!  I decided to take the popsicle stick workout a step further because I like my workout a little bit more structured.
I went to the dollar store and bought a couple bags of large coloured popsicle sticks, then decided which colour would represent what type of move.  I'm constantly adding more sticks to the bag as I try out more moves!

Purple: Warm up moves
Jog in Place, Jumping Jacks, Heisman, 1-2-3's, Log Jump, High Knees, Butt Kicks...

Blue:  Legs
Goblet Squat, Lunges, Belt Keck, Plie Squats, Fire Hydrants, Donkey Kicks, Deadlifts*...

Red:  Cardio
Stance Jacks, Power Jumps, Football Shuffle, Switch Kicks, Power Lunges...

Orange:  Full Body
Burpees, Side Crunch & Shoulder Press*, Chest Fly & Leg Lift*, Plank Punches...

Yellow:  Abs
Mountain Climbers, In/Out Abs, Bridge Switch Kicks, Warrior 3 Balance Crunch*, Russian Twists*, Scissor Kicks...

Green: Arms
Lateral Raise*, Tricep Dips, Clean & Press*, Bicep Curl*, Push Ups, Chest Press*, Balance Row*, Pike Push Up

*This Move Requires Weights

How I Structure My Workout
I set up my workouts into a circuit, typically I do 4 minutes of work (1min per move) and then rest 30 seconds, and repeat the circuit 2 more times before moving on to the next (4 move) circuit.  Usually I do 3 or 4 circuits.
I also start with a 6 minute warm up.  I pull out 4 purple popsicle sticks and do the moves for 30 seconds each, and repeat that 2 more times without taking a break.
The great thing about this set up is that you can change any of these numbers.  A beginner might want to start with 30 seconds of work per move, and take a longer break between rounds.  Someone more advanced might want to work longer or add more moves to each circuit.
I also like focusing on different body parts, or switching up workout types.
Here are four of the different workouts that I do most:
This is the best workout for travelling....I'm currently visiting my parents, so yesterday I did the "More Abs &Arms" workout using some of my Dads weights...and I'm totally feeling it now!  If I was somewhere that didn't have weights it wouldn't be a problem either because I've marked a black dot on the top on any popsicle stick that had a move requiring weights...so if I don't have access to weights I just pick around those sticks!
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I started doing these workouts about 6 months ago now, and I've never done the same workout twice.  
They (the people who know what they're talking about...haha!) always say that it's important to constantly switch up your workouts to get the best results...I'm pretty sure this would count for that!

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